Jobs Plan Would Benefit Oklahoma

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At least one state leader is not opposed to Oklahoma accepting federal money if President Barack Obama’s American Jobs Act can make it through Congress.

Oklahoma Transportation Secretary Gary Ridley said the state will be ready to move on projects if it gets the $489 million for road and transit projects included in the proposal, according to Overall, the state can expect to see $1.2 billion in new federal money from the jobs plan, an analysis by U.S. Senate Democrats shows.

Ridley’s remarks are an encouraging sign, but will Gov. Mary Fallin, a Republican, and other governors throughout the nation support Obama’s overall $447 billion plan? It’s probably going to take an immense amount of political pressure from many sectors of the country to get more than a watered-down version of the proposal passed through a divided Congress.

Meanwhile, according to a Politico post, U.S. House Republicans are beginning to “grumble” about the plan and want to deny Obama any sort of political victory. According to the post:

. . . despite public declarations about finding common ground with Obama, some Republicans are privately grumbling that their leaders are being too accommodating with the president.

The issue is whether Congress can find some common ground among its members to address the nation’s high unemployment rate of 9.1 percent.

Here’s a fact sheet put out by the White House about the plan. It includes this statement:

The American people understand that the economic crisis and the deep recession weren’t created overnight and won’t be solved overnight. The economic security of the middle class has been under attack for decades. That’s why President Obama believes we need to do more than just recover from this economic crisis – we need to rebuild the economy the American way, based on balance, fairness, and the same set of rules for everyone from Wall Street to Main Street. We can work together to create the jobs of the future by helping small business entrepreneurs, by investing in education, and by making things the world buys. The President understands that to restore an American economy that’s built to last we cannot afford to outsource American jobs and encourage reckless financial deals that put middle class security at risk.

Along with improving roads, the plan would extend tax cuts, modernize schools and prevent layoffs of teachers, firefighters and police officers.